I’m writing to call your reader’s attention to a 6/25/2018 St. Louis Post Dispatch article by Christine Vestal, “Marijuana addiction is real, and rising.” (stltoday.com/news/national/marijuana-addiction-is-real-and-rising/article_65ce97a0-73f0-5cee-9a43-ab17a01b4882.html).
Quotes from the article: “Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a well-defined disorder that includes physical withdrawal symptoms, cravings and psychological dependence.” “There should be no controversy about the existence of marijuana addiction,” said David Smith, a physician who has been treating addiction since he opened a free clinic in San Francisco’s drug-drenched Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in the 1960s. “We see it every day. The controversy should be why it appears to be affecting more people.” Paraphrasing from the article: Years ago THC levels found in marijuana averaged from 2-4 percent. Due to selective breeding, THC levels now range from 20-30 percent. Concentrates and extracts range from 40 to 80 percent. My comment: The marijuana industry is using this increased concentration to create more addicts ergo more profits!
The timing of this article is perfect for a follow-up to my letter published on 6/24/18: “Pain meds policy punishes responsible people.” How on earth can it be justified by anyone to punish responsible citizens by assuming a nanny role in the use of needed pain medications and at the same time turn a